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Dubai cricket stadium features self-cleaning membrane

Exteriors | May 1, 2009 | By:

Dubai Sports City, the world’s first purpose-built sports city, now contains a 25,000-seat cricket stadium constructed of steel frames and a fiberglass-woven PTFE membrane with a self-cleaning topcoat of titanium dioxide (TiO2). Birdair Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., installed the 600-tonne steel truss system and 20,000m2 of membrane, completing the S3 Cricket Stadium at the end of 2008.

The PTFE-coated woven fiberglass membrane is durable, weather resistant, impervious to UV rays, waterproof and flame retardant, making it a great choice for the heat of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. TiO2 nontoxic coating actively neutralizes airborne pollutants and odors, breaks down organic materials and provides a translucent quality to the membrane that allows natural light while providing solar protection.

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